The Carringbush Board consists of members who work together to oversee the operations of the organisation, to ensure it is working towards achieving its charitable purpose.
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Ari Cassarchis

Ari Cassarchis

Ari has had an extensive career as a senior executive linking people and strategy in commercial and community contexts. His industry experience includes, professional services, tertiary education, emergency services, telecommunications, airlines, and travel. Ari was an executive at a university for more than five years and more recently had responsibility for an enterprise Registered Training Organisation in the emergency services sector. He has a Master of Commerce from UNSW, and is passionate about the role of building community capability, culture, mental health wellbeing, and inclusion.


Triet Nguyen

Triet is a Chartered Accountant and holds a double-degree of Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Finance from La Trobe University. He is currently working as a Manager in the Private Client Services team at EY after several years of working at leading consulting firms. His main areas of expertise include financial accounting and reporting, M&A financial due diligence and project management, tax advisory and compliance, group structuring, virtual CFO and management reporting. He joined Carringbush’s Board in 2021.


Ben Wong

Ben is a lawyer at ANZ, working in the area of dispute resolution and litigation.  He previously worked at leading law firms in resolving disputes in the financial services, energy and resources, government and property sectors.  Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Modern Languages (German) from the University of Melbourne.  He has previously sat on committees of management for Not-For-Profit organisations.  Ben is a Richmond “local” and is proud to live in a thriving and diverse community.


Elizabeth Wotherspoon

Elizabeth is an experienced  human resources professional and consultant with an extensive career across government, manufacturing, telecommunications and health sectors. She specialises in building strategies for enterprise risk mitigation, people and risk aware cultures and safety governance. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor Applied Science, Graduate Diploma Ergonomics and a Master of Public Health from Monash University. She is passionate about supporting community development, diversity and inclusion and health and wellbeing.  Elizabeth joined the Carringbush Adult Education Board in 2022.


Dr. Maria Gindidis, Monash University

Maria is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Bachelor of Education/Honour degrees in Teacher Education in the Faculty of Education, Monash University. Her cross-disciplinary expertise involves leadership, second languages teaching and policy and refugee education. She has co-ordinated large scale state and national projects for a number of organisations, including the Department of Education and Community Languages Australia. Her current research involves investigating, Global School Leadership Paradigms, Neuroscience and Education, Languages and Cultural Maintenance. She supervises a number of PhD students in these fields.

Eleanora Luisetto

Eleanora Luisetto

Eleonora is a dedicated, resourceful, and goal-driven professional working as an educator, consultant, and presenter across Independent, Government and Catholic sectors. She is currently Faculty Head as well as being involved in senior executive roles and has vast experience within primary, secondary and tertiary education. Eleonora has a background in coaching and professional learning, innovative curriculum development and the integration of new learning technologies and pedagogy within the Languages and Visual Arts learning areas. She uses her experience, ideas and passion for teaching and learning to engage with current research and work with fellow educators and students. Eleonora fully embraces positive education, with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every student. Eleonora holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications including international Language studies. She holds a BA, Grad Dip Ed, Grad Dip Edu.Admin, Grad CERT, IV TAA, Grad Cert Management NFP.